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Srirupa Dasgupta opened Upohar, a restaurant and catering service, with a social mission. Her employees — primarily refugees — earn double the minimum wage. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

A Restaurant That Serves Up A Side Of Social Goals

Burned out from her high-tech job, Srirupa Dasgupta opened a restaurant and catering service that hires primarily refugees. On the menu: a mix of cuisines from South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, shown walking towards the Senate chamber on December 16, pushed through a final batch of judicial nominees this month, before the Republican-dominated Senate takes over in the new year. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

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A woman protects her child's face in Managua, Nicaragua, as health workers fumigate for mosquitoes that carry chikungunya. The virus started spreading through Nicaragua and Mexico in the fall. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

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The newly described L. larvaepartus (male, left, and female) from Indonesia's island of Sulawesi. Odd, sure, but at least they don't use their stomachs as breeding chambers, as some other frogs do. Jim McGuire/UC Berkeley hide caption

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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles

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Abebe, the owner of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, shows some of the foods permitted during the pre-Christmas fast. Orthodox Ethiopians typically eat just one vegan meal per day for 40 days before the Christmas feast on Jan. 7. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

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A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

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Protesters march in New York City on Dec. 4 to demand an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. New York state's minimum wage rose to $8.75 on Wednesday. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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More States Raise Minimum Wage, But Debate Continues

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Srirupa Dasgupta opened Upohar, a restaurant and catering service, with a social mission. Her employees — primarily refugees — earn double the minimum wage. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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A Restaurant That Serves Up A Side Of Social Goals

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New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, appearing on a live call-in radio show in New York, Nov. 14, 1991, said he wouldn't be able to make a decision on his presidential candidacy until he had solved problems with the state budget. The standoff with the Legislature ultimately ran beyond the New Hampshire primary, preventing Cuomo from launching a bid. Ron Frehm/AP hide caption

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Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Dead At 82

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